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„Journey through the past, present and future“

In our stairwell every floor has its special theme.

100 Years of Austrian Standards offers an opportunity for drawing attention to diverse aspects.

Floor 7

“How our international network of partners and ecosystem is organized”

On the 7th floor, the focus is on our international network of partners and ecosystem. Standardization has always been international.

We are an international service provider ensuring that Austria is closely integrated into the global standardization network.

Austrian Standards is co-operating with partners from more than 160 countries. We are a member of ISO (164 members in total), CEN (34 members in total) and ETSI (800 members in 66 countries).

And, furthermore, by rendering consulting services (projects in 48 countries), we have supported other standardization organizations all over the world for more than 20 years.

Floor 6

“Which forward-looking topics have shaped standardization in the past and today”

On the 6th floor, the focus is on hot topics from the individual decades.

Standardization has always been a mirror of technological and economic development and, as a result, social change, too.

Just as society has evolved in the past 100 years, the subjects of standardization have changed as well.

Here, you can find a selection.

Research and innovation has already become a fixture of standardization. Austrian Standards is a partner for many research and innovation projects.

Floor 5

“Standardization is female”

On the 5th floor, you can see how women have increasingly taken on responsibility.

Standardization was and is a mirror of social developments.

At the time when Austrian Standards was founded, business and technology were largely dominated by men. Women have become more and more active in standardization. They have increasingly taken on more responsibility.

  • This is evidenced by the charts – today, for example, 32% of committee managers are female.
  • This is demonstrated by female pioneers who were the “first”. For example, the first committee chairwoman Herta (von) Sprung for the sector “household standards”
  • This is highlighted by important female personalities in international standardization.

Floor 4

“Which roles, tasks and responsibilities exist”

On the 4th floor, the focus is on people and responsibilities.

In standardization, numerous people having different roles perform tasks and duties. They jointly bear responsibility for a future-oriented standardization system.

A key responsibility is borne by all the people who contribute to shaping standards in committees. Who these people are is shown in our chart.

  • 6 persons have served as directors since 1920.
  • 9 personalities have been at the helm of the association as presidents.
  • Austrian Standards currently employs more than 120 employees in all their diversity.

Floor 3

“How ÖNIG developed into A.S.I.”

On the 3rd floor, the focus is on how the Österreichische Normungsausschuss für Industrie und Gewerbe (ÖNIG or Austrian Standards Committee for Industry and Commerce in English) developed into Austrian Standards International (A.S.I.).

You can see how our logo developed. In 1994, our international orientation was reflected in the logo for the first time. The English name is shown along with our membership in CEN and ISO.

Our location changed as well. Over the decades, the new tasks taken up also resulted in a need for more space.

Floor 2

“Why Austrian Standards exists”

On the 2nd floor, the focus is on why Austrian Standards exists.

Austrian Standards offers more than ÖNORM standards. We have several core competences.

  • We promote dialogue between stakeholders,
  • provide access to a world-wide network,
  • bring know-how from all over the world to Austria,
  • and much more.

In our activities, we aim at:

  • generating benefits for the economy and society,
  • raising the innovativeness of enterprises,
  • promoting fair competition and reducing barriers to trade,
  • facilitating participation in international collaborative networks.

How enterprises profit from standardization is shown in the chart on the chart based on a recent international study (carried out by Menon Economics in co-operation with Oxford Research and the Social Science Research Institute of the University of Iceland).

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